73 Knowledge Quotes to Inspire Learning and Increase Wisdom
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Continuous learning is one of the keys to success in life. No matter what you do.
Learning, wisdom and success are three things that fit together hand-in-glove.
That is why these quotes about knowledge, learning and success can make such an impact on your life.
Let's jump right in to the first set of knowledge quotes, and see why it is so important to be a lifelong learner, according to these quotes.
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Gaining Knowledge Quotes
“Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.”
― Carl Gustav Jung
“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”
― Ronald E. Osborn
“The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.”
― Sir William Bragg
“To know that you do not know is the best. To think you know when you do not is a disease. Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it.”
“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”
“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.”
― Herbert Spencer
“If we would have new knowledge, we must get a whole world of new questions.”
― Susanne K. Langer
“The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds.”
― John F. Kennedy
“In your thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information.”
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
― Benjamin Franklin
“If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?”
― Thomas Henry Huxley
“Fill thy mind with useful knowledge and thou shalt avoid empty words.”
― James Lendall Basford
“Knowledge is a weapon. I intend to be formidably armed.”
― Terry Goodkind
“Knowledge, like air, is vital to life. Like air, no one should be denied it.”
“No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.”
― L. Frank Baum
“Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.”
― African Proverb
“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.”
― Robert Frost
“Knowledge has a beginning but no end.”
― Geeta S. Iyengar
“We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.”
― John Naisbitt
I find it hard to find a topic more compelling and important than continuous learning. These days learning new skills and gaining knowledge is a lifetime gig. Not something set aside for a few years of advanced education.
The quotes about knowledge above give us some wise looks at why knowledge, education and learning are important. But as with any simple quotes, they don’t teach us how to find the time and energy to keep continuous learning going on.
After all, they are just knowledge quotes. They are only meant to inspire, not teach.
If you want to new skills, first you will want to decide on what skills you want to learn and then make a plan to go get them.
Many skills are job specific, or represent something you have wanted to be able to do fora long time. But that does not always need to be the case... you may want to investigate skills that simply help you do better in life.
For example, this list of 88 New Skills to Learn shows some great places to give a little bit extra effort toward making a better version of yourself.
More important than the desire to learn is understanding your best possible learning style.
We all learn differently. The problems some people have with learning new knowledge is often not lack of intelligence, but that the information is given to them in a sub-optimal manner.
Discover the 7 Styles for Learning New Things. This will teach you the major methods of learning new knowledge… and actually remembering what you learned.
Famous Quotes on Sharing Knowledge
“We owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those who have differed.”
― Charles Caleb Colton
“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.”
― Oscar Wilde
“In today's environment, hoarding knowledge ultimately erodes your power. If you know something very important, the way to get power is by actually sharing it.”
― Joseph Badaracco
“All knowledge is connected to all other knowledge. The fun is in making the connections.”
― Arthur C. Aufderheide
“Sharing your knowledge with others does not make you less important.”
“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”
― Margaret Fuller
“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
“Everyone is ignorant only on different subjects.”
“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.”
― Peter F. Drucker
“It is nothing for one to know something unless another knows you know it.”
― Persian Proverb
“Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community.”
― Adelaide Hoodless
“Knowledge increases by sharing but not by saving.”
― Kamari aka Lyrikal
“It is good to rub, and polish our brain against that of others.”
These powerful knowledge quotes show us some of the great reasons to keep learning.
After all, success these days takes more than just a college education. Far more important is to keep learning new skills and gaining knowledge.
These are the reasons I wrote the book, Novice to Expert. Many people want, and need, to increase their knowledge and improve their skills.
But find they lack the time and motivation to follow through on their education and skill development, and often quit in frustration after beginning to learn something new.
We all want to expand on our existing knowledge. But sometimes it's impossible to stay consistent with a new skill or habit. It's easy to fall into the trap where you focus only on learning and never get around to implementing the information.
The truth is: You can learn anything... without spending lots of money... without dedicating thousands of hours to the process... and often without leaving the comfort of your home.
“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”
― Miles Kington
“One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.”
― Victor Hugo
“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”
― Robertson Davies
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
― John 8:32
“Sometimes it’s necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly.”
― Edward Albee
“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.”
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
“Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.”
“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”
― Carl R. Rogers
“People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
“One part of knowledge consists in being ignorant of such things as are not worthy to be known.”
“The ability to perceive or think differently is more important than the knowledge gained.”
― David Bohm
“Example is the best precept.”
“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
― John Locke
“A true knowledge of ourselves is knowledge of our power.”
― Mark Rutherford
“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”
― Will Durant
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
“Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.”
― Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“As I grow to understand life less and less I grow to love it more and more.”
― Jules Renard
Hopefully the knowledge quotes above give you a few more great illustrations of why you want education to be an ongoing endeavor.
My favorite quote about knowledge acknowledges that fact: “The only true wisdom is in knowing that you know nothing.”
This brings us back to the importance of self education. If you are wise, you see the gaps in your knowledge base and take some steps to try and correct them.
Lack of Knowledge Quotes
“Lack of knowledge is the source of all pains and sorrows whether dormant, attenuated, interrupted or fully active.”
― B.K.S. Iyengar
“People love answers, but only as long as they are the ones who came up with them.”
― Criss Jami
“Problems often become worse if incompetent people try to solve them.”
― Eraldo Banovac
“There is no wealth like knowledge, and no poverty like ignorance.”
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
“A lack of knowledge creates fear. Seeking knowledge creates courage.”
― Candice Swanepoel
“The highest form of ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about.”
― Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
“Fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
― Daniel J. Boorstin
“Some students drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.”
“You can't know too much, but you can say too much.”
― Calvin Coolidge
“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.”
― Isaac Asimov
“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.”
“Small minds have always lashed out at what they don't understand.”
“There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.”
― Anthony de Mello
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
― Aldous Huxley
“Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge, and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance.”
― William Ellery Channing
People who lack knowledge or just don’t care about self-education can be amusing. Some of the quotes about lack of knowledge are a bit funny. But it is only funny in the abstract. In reality, there is nothing funny out this.
People who lack knowledge will fall further and further behind in their chosen fields. It can be quite sad.
No single knowledge quote is going to make you go out and bust your butt to learn. (That has to come from within) But hopefully some of these knowledge quotes have given you a tiny bit of inspiration to put forth some effort to improve yourself and continue your self-education.
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